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by LoriMcLaughlin
July 8th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Back from Sicily and was really impressed. Lovely part of Italy - very diverse and easy to get around. We ended up with the following itinerary: 2 nights in Siracusa 3 nights in Taormina 2 nights in Sciacca at Verdura 2 nights in San Vito Lo Capo 2 nights in Palermo Could have easily spent another t...
by LoriMcLaughlin
May 13th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2018

Re: Tuscany

It’s funny to read your note - I’ve never been to Tuscany, but just spent the evening holding up the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris. I randomly sat with a nice, older gentleman who runs the bar program at Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole... and could not stop talking about me visiting his hotel in ...
by LoriMcLaughlin
May 13th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais

Near Annecy, two of our favorites are:
-In Veyrier-du-Lac, Yoann Conte (This was formerly Marc Veyrat's place. It's right on the water. Plan to stay the night.)
-In Talloires, Auberge du Pere Bise/Jean Sulpice for lunch.
by LoriMcLaughlin
May 13th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1511

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

It depends on where your home airport is and where you are flying. As a former UA Global Services and AA Exec Plat (at the same time!), I find that many smaller airports/routes have gone to regional jets and the status is not longer worth it. Some newer regional jets have a nice selection of busines...
by LoriMcLaughlin
May 13th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 519

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

We were in Rome last May and had a great experience at Pianostrada - highly recommend. The gazpacho was one of the best I've ever had.
For a wine bar, the outside tables at Cul de Sac are always a great bet.
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 28th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 1419

Re: Florence recommendations

Enoteca Pitti e Gola in Florence - they also have an Osteria. Fun team and a good wine stop.

On a non-wine related hotel, we loved a visit to Aqua Flor for perfumes, soaps, etc. https://www.aquaflorexperience.com/
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 26th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2205

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

I routinely redirect Fedex wine shipments to my local FedEx store. No issues. UPS it has to go to a distribution center which is 45 min away. I vote for FedEx.
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 18th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: Restaurant, Wine Recommendations: Sarlat & Avignon Area

A few favorites near Sarlat - In Domme - L’Esplande. Amazing views, nice wine list, great cheese cart, very good food. In Cenac - La Traverse Chez les Filles - a bit of a neighborhood place, but make reservations or go early as the locals fill it up. Go for the prix fixe menu. Avoid Michelin starred...
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 17th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...
Replies: 24
Views: 2060

Re: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...

I have 2 bottles of the initial case I bought in 1995 - the 1990 Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico Riserva.
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 17th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Fantastic CdP dinner with a couple additions
Replies: 14
Views: 941

Re: TN: Fantastic CdP dinner with a couple additions

Thanks for the summary Matt. Great to meet you and Amanda and a fun time from our wonderful hosts. The two sparklers were the 2008 Marc Chauvet Initiales and the 2007 Vranken Demoiselle La Parisienne. I think someone may have taken a video of Joe sabering the Vranken. I didn’t take any notes but Wha...
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 13th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?

I’ve only had trouble in Alitalia once and it was when you could carry wine onboard. They made me check it. Generally we haven’t had trouble in Germany or at FRA - but haven’t checked it on LH before.
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 13th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: Saudi Arabia?

Um thanks. Loads to look forward to. What airline did you fly?
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 13th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Saudi Arabia?

Likely heading to Riyadh soon. I’ve traveled all over the Middle East but never to Saudi Arabia. Any travel tips?
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 13th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale
Replies: 22
Views: 863

Re: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale

Thank goodness. I love Brussels sprouts so much better!
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 13th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?

Traveling to Sicily on LH. We’ve had no issues bringing a full wine check back on AA or UA, but this time we are flying LH metal. Anyone have any issues?
by LoriMcLaughlin
March 13th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Egypt

Lots of great things to see in Cairo and the approach to the airport from desert to Nile valley to city is awe-inspiring. I traveled alone but joined some colleagues there. I blend in since I have a Mediterranean look with dark hair, but probably would have felt uncomfortable if I was a blond. Love ...
by LoriMcLaughlin
October 6th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 3985

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

We went to Paris/Champagne for Valentines Day last year. We had decent weather - cold but clear in Reims, rainy in Paris. For the majority of the trip, I wore a leather coat and that was warm enough. We rented a car on arrival and drove to Reims. We stayed at a beautiful apartment right around the c...
by LoriMcLaughlin
October 6th, 2018, 6:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 3985

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

We went to Paris/Chamoagne for Valentines Day last year. We had decent weather - cold but clear in Reims, rainy in Paris. For the majority of the trip, I wore a leather coat and that was warm enough. We rented a car on arrival and drove to Reims. We stayed at a beautiful apartment right around the c...
by LoriMcLaughlin
September 19th, 2018, 5:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 7hrs in Frankfurt?
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: 7hrs in Frankfurt?

Depending on the timing you could go to Schosshotel Kronberg for breakfast or lunch and a walk in the park. It was the home of Queen Victoria’s daughter before WWII and housed a US officers club during/after the war. Beautiful rooms and grounds. There’s also a zoo nearby. Short taxi from FRA. https:...
by LoriMcLaughlin
September 16th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Have business class prices gone up?
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: Have business class prices gone up?

Within the past month, we booked two trips to Europe for reasonable business class tkts. About $3K R/T to Prague for Christmas and about $4500 R/T to Sicily in May. In the past these tickets were much more expensive - especially the Sicily tkts.
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Yes, thanks - Cefalu is moving higher on the list! And we are definitely planning on a night at the opera in Palermo - it's been on my bucket list for awhile. We love opera so it's a no-brainer for us, as well as the markets! We were able to visit Lipari, Vulcano, and Stromboli, but we missed Salina...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2068

Re: best cities in Spain

In San Sebastian, the Maria Cristina is exceptional - but for us five nights would have been way too many. We stayed two. The pinxtos crawl was fun, and we had a great meal at Akelare. But our favorite thing in San Sebastian was the thalassotherapy at La Perla. The circuit pools are fantastic - 3 ho...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Yes I'm debating Cefalu - looks lovely. We loved the Aeolian islands - we stayed on Panarea - but with just 11 nights it's hard to fit them into this trip when there's so much to see. Palermo certainly has its challenges, but there is so much there that I can't wait to experience.
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 1015

Re: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

A few musts in no order (and excluding the big sites - Uffizi, etc.): - the American cemetery of Florence (near Greve in Chianti) - a tour and tasting at Mate (near Montalcino) - wine tasting tour and gourmet lunch at Castello Banfi or at Avignonesi (I preferred Avignonesi, but it may be a bit too f...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 672

11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Hi everyone, I've taken a look at the posts here on Sicily that have been a big help so far - trying to finalize an itinerary for this May. We are flying into CTA and out of PMO. 2-3 days Taormina or nearby - looking for a small, intimate seaside hotel like Il Pellicano - does it exist? 2-3 days Ort...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 773

Re: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

Not in Bordeaux proper, but in Bordeaux the region our favorite places: - Chateau Cordellian Bages (Pauillac) - Les Sources des Caudalie (Martillac) - Les Belles Pedrix (St Emilion) All of these are recommended for lodging and dinner. We also stayed at Pape Clement, which is part of the Bernard Magr...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas

Sorry this is a little late. During college, I was a tour guide at Fallingwater during the summer and lived in Ohiopyle/Chalk Hill for several years. Fallingwater is a special place. For dining, the best place nearby is at Nemacolin Woodlands. There are a number of restaurants there, including their...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Late November
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Tuscany Late November

We've been to Tuscany for two separate Thanksgiving trips - both in the countryside as well as in Florence. It's a great time to go and I've found the weather to be really nice and warm (and no rain) for the majority of our trips. I often was able to dress in a turtleneck with a fur vest and no coat...
by LoriMcLaughlin
August 24th, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A short trip to Prague
Replies: 14
Views: 1406

Re: A short trip to Prague

Thanks for this. Planning a winter trip. Great info.
by LoriMcLaughlin
June 13th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Akelarre - Still a solid 3 Michelin stars
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Akelarre - Still a solid 3 Michelin stars

Yeah! So glad you had a great experience there. Isn’t the location/ view beautiful?
by LoriMcLaughlin
May 29th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?

I usually book direct, but I’ve found some wonderful discounts using booking.com and previously booking.de on smaller B&B and inns.
by LoriMcLaughlin
May 24th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome Hotel
Replies: 14
Views: 997

Rome Hotel

Just back from Italy and thought I’d give an update on the St. Regis. The hotel has recently undergone a renovation of the public rooms (they are stunning) but the renovations in the rooms continue and the concierge mentioned that currently the completed ones are only going to “test” cases and certa...
by LoriMcLaughlin
April 25th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NJ to Paris - better flight options for first timer
Replies: 46
Views: 1375

NJ to Paris - better flight options for first timer

- is it too late to try to do this? Of course not - What airlines/travel sites would be best? Look for direct flights -- from NY/NJ you should be able to find direct flights on United, American, AirFrance, etc. If you are looking for less expensive options - then connecting flights through LHR or F...
by LoriMcLaughlin
April 18th, 2018, 6:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Equivalent of OpenTable in Italy?
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Equivalent of OpenTable in Italy?

When traveling in France, I typically use La Fourchette for quick dining reservations. Does anyone use something similar for Italy? Thanks in advance.
by LoriMcLaughlin
April 18th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this? Arrigoni or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 345

What is this? Arrigoni or something else?

I was able to get the back label of this. It is from PK Vini and is a Delle Venezie IGT Chardonnay. The importer is LMP LLC in Sarasota. Finding nothing on either of these, but in general chardonnay from Delle Venezie IGT doesn't appear to be anything special.
by LoriMcLaughlin
April 16th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction
Replies: 28
Views: 1488

Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction

Interesting the TSA has the same rules, except that anything below 24% (basically, anything not made by Zind-Humbrecht) is unlimited. I wonder if that's what Air France is basing their rule on. https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2014/01/07/tsa-travel-tips-tuesday-traveling-alcoholic-beverages The interesing ...
by LoriMcLaughlin
April 16th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this? Arrigoni or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 345

What is this? Arrigoni or something else?

Hi everyone - a charity I'm working on received this magnum as a donation. I'm not sure if the bottle and the box go together or not.

Does anyone know what this is? I'm trying to get a shot of the back label but I don't have it yet.

Thanks in advance.
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 21st, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 112
Views: 7308

San Sebastian

And here is the pasta with “mushrooms”
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 21st, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 112
Views: 7308

San Sebastian

I would be interested in thoughts from others on Akalare. I am headed back to San Sebastian the end of May. We had a very enjoyable meal at Akelare in Sept 2017. The views are breathtaking, a short taxi from San Sebastián, and the chef was meeting all guests at the door before service - we had an 8...
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 21st, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you make your spaghetti with meatball sauce?
Replies: 43
Views: 1401

How do you make your spaghetti with meatball sauce?

As taught by my Calabrian father — Meatballs (polpette)- typically about the size of golf balls maybe a little bigger. Ground beef only (80/20) with an egg, lots of garlic salt, and ripped up stale bread. Maybe some worchestershire sauce. Bread crumbs are too fine. Fry to crispy crust but almost raw...
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 18th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 2696

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

M.Kaplan wrote:
LoriMcLaughlin wrote: ...

We're heading to Italy in May - Orbetello Peninsula...

Have a great trip!
Going to Hotel Il Pellicano? Fabulous place.
Yes return visit :)
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 17th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome Hotel
Replies: 14
Views: 997

Rome Hotel

Chris L wrote:I stayed at the Westin and loved it. We were there for an event that was held at the St. Regis. I only saw the conference rooms / public spaces at the St. Regis -- it's a beautiful hotel...
Thanks Chris!
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 17th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Charleston in early August?
Replies: 20
Views: 1111

Charleston in early August?

Ted Erfer wrote:Go some other time......like May or Sept/Oct.
August is just unbearably hot and humid.
This. I live in SC. You don't want to come close to here in July or August.
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 17th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We are thinking of spending a few nights in Nice, France
Replies: 15
Views: 605

We are thinking of spending a few nights in Nice, France

Beaulieu-sur-mer. We stayed at the Metropole for a long summer weekend. It was exquisite. Afternoon walks in Beaulieu, easy access to Nice, Eze, and Monte Carlo. Couldn't get enough of the infinity pool on the ocean.
by LoriMcLaughlin
February 17th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 2696

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

We love Calabria and it is easily combined with a trip to Naples and the Aoelian Islands. The museum in Reggio with the Riace bronzes is well done and very good wine tasting opporunities in Ciro as well as Lamezia. I've only done the trip when we've had a car, so I'm not sure of logistics with publi...
by LoriMcLaughlin
January 22nd, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Loire/Chinon trip in the spring
Replies: 8
Views: 618

Loire/Chinon trip in the spring

We did a Loire trip in 2016 staying near Vouvray (Chateau de Noizay) for two nights and near Anjou (Chateau Noirieux) for three nights. How was Chateau de Noizay? Did you dine there? If memory serves, Alfert and others(?) stayed there in the 90s and enjoyed it and they had a pretty deep Chinon cell...
by LoriMcLaughlin
January 22nd, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Spring trip planning: Corsica, Sardegna, or ????
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Spring trip planning: Corsica, Sardegna, or ????

It took me awhile but we finally settled on an itinerary. Now hitting Maremma, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Rome. Decided to make the pilgrimage to Reale. Thanks for the help!
by LoriMcLaughlin
January 22nd, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite experience in the Mosel?
Replies: 11
Views: 485

Favorite experience in the Mosel?

We had dinner at the Weinhotel Richtershof - near Max Fer. Richter - at the Culinarium. Amazing wine list including many old ausleses. https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Hotel/Mulheim_an_der_Mosel-54486-Weinromantikhotel_Richtershof-6a093qbk Great tastings up and down the river - Prum, St. Urbanshof, e...
by LoriMcLaughlin
January 22nd, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Loire/Chinon trip in the spring
Replies: 8
Views: 618

Loire/Chinon trip in the spring

We did a Loire trip in 2016 staying near Vouvray (Chateau de Noizay) for two nights and near Anjou (Chateau Noirieux) for three nights. We mixed sightseeing and wine visits for a great blend. The large chateau (Chambord, Chenonceau, etc. have a lot of info on them). A few favorites: - Clos Luce - ht...
by LoriMcLaughlin
January 22nd, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traveling to Bordeaux - advice needed!
Replies: 20
Views: 1247

Traveling to Bordeaux - advice needed!

A few notes from our trip in September are here: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2377227#p2377227 Our dinner at Troplong Mondot's restaurant was one of the best of our September trip, including other 1 and 3 star Michelin restaurants in France and Spain. Simply perfect - and we ...

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